Senate needs simple majority vote to pass House-approved AHCA

A Senate committee on Tuesday declared the House-approved American Health Care Act complies with the chamber's budget reconciliation rules, reports Politico.

The decision, announced by the Senate Budget Committee, marks a victory for Republicans, who hoped to use the rules to advance their ACA repeal and replace efforts. The rules allow the House bill to pass the Senate with a simple majority vote.

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the Senate is close to having its own version of  a healthcare reform bill, reports The Washington Times.

"We're getting close to having a proposal to whip and to take to the floor," Mr. McConnell said. "We've had seven years to talk about healthcare."




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